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9 August 2010 - 3:43pm

Online Casino License Jurisdictions....are there any to be aware of?

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Hiya CL Members,

I am sure i don't stand alone in when it comes to casinos and the countries where they get their licenses from. Some countries i have never even heard of (i guess that shows i never was good in geography)! My question is and i hoping Ed or another member can answer........is there any countries where licenses are issued we should be leery of. In the same breath is there specific countries that we can rest assured that they are bona fide A-okay?

Having played at many different casinos and seeing where they are regulated from gives me little knowledge as to how trustworthy they are.

Thank you in advance for your help,

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9 August 2010 - 11:54pm
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Up in the main menu across the top of the page, under "Legal" the first item is "Licensing jurisdictions". That should have you sorted.

A quick overview:

The Good: Alderney, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, UK.

Not as Good (research first): Antigua, Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles), Cyprus, Kahnawake, Malta.

The Ugly: Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, and any other tin-pot Central American tax havens.
Do not play at casinos "licensed" in one of these jurisdictions unless you have cast iron assurance from independent third parties that the site is good.

The biggest one to beware of is Costa Rica. There are hundreds of casinos claiming to be "licensed" there. However a license there means nothing other than they paid to obtain a regular business license or permit. There are no gambling related controls, no regulation, and no recourse for you if you get ripped off. Particularly stay away from sites claiming to be regulated by the "Costa Rican Gaming Commission" or other such nonsense - there is no such thing!.

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9 August 2010 - 11:59pm
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Also I might add, if you are American you'll soon find out that you cannot play at sites licensed by the top tier jurisdictions. All the more reason to hope that the U.S. sets up its own regulation system as soon as possible.

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10 August 2010 - 2:27pm
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Thank you so much Ed!! I have always wondered about this. I did do a bit of research yesterday and from what i found is that the best come from the E.U.

I think this is an important marker when deciding to play at a new casino or not. I knew i came to the right place to find the info!

And on a personal note: Ed have you been tested for Genuis?

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10 August 2010 - 4:16pm
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Hah, Ed was faster! I wanted to say a couple of things, but Ed was so much more diligent and well-informed, that I've got nothing to add to his explanation! WTG Ed! Smile

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10 August 2010 - 11:22pm
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aw shucks Blush

Actually I did forget to add one thing - watch out for Top Game casinos claiming to be licensed in Gibraltar. Not only do they have crappy games with disappearing wild symbols, slow service and banking, but some of them are outright lying about being Gibraltar licensed.

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14 August 2010 - 6:02pm
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Disappearing wild symbols? No wayyyyyyyy.! What do you mean, the wild symbols appear on the reels and disappear? If so what is replaced with it?

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14 August 2010 - 11:08pm
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No it was discovered a while ago that a couple of the games at Top Game casinos did not have wild symbols on some of the reels. And you needed to hit 5 wild symbols to win the top prize, making it impossible!

Rome Casino and the case of the missing wild symbols

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18 August 2010 - 9:30pm
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They should be shut down for that. Where is the governing regulations when something like this happens. Is there no monitoring of these casinos to make sure they are on the up and up?

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18 August 2010 - 11:34pm
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Not when any punk with a 20k bank loan can open a casino and run it out of Costa Rica or Belize or somewhere else where the authorities don't care what you do as long as you don't allow their local citizens to play. And just about every Top Game casino that I have seen is "licensed" in Costa Rica, as are most of the rogue RTGs.

That is why, to my mind, Top Game = cheap rubbish.

Sites like Casino Listings are the only effective monitors of this sort of thing! But the internet is a big place so we can't warn everyone. And there are a lot of other sites that claim to "review" casinos but strangely find that every casino they "review" is awesome. Sad to say but its true, I wish it were not.

The quicker the USA legalises and regulates online gambling the quicker the rogues, punks and criminals will go out of business because they all rely massively on players from the USA having no choice of casinos that are licensed in reputable territories like Gibraltar or the UK. Give the players a better alternative and they will (hopefully) leave these rubbish casinos in droves.

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